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Friends and family,
My doctor asked my parents to post this sign for anyone who is helping to take care of me. When changing my diaper, if my penis is messy, please only wipe it from base to tip. If it's more messy than you're comfortable with, please tell my mama, and she will give me a bath.
Even gently pushing my foreskin back a little bit, wiping from tip to base, or trying to clean the opening, can cause small tears in the natural (and beneficial) adhesions that are present in little boys. The adhesions are the same type that attach your finger nails to your nail beds, and tearing them would cause me pain and possibly lead to scar tissue formation or infection.
I know this goes against the advice that many doctors used to give, and that some medical professionals who are not educated in the current AAP guidelines for care of an intact penis still recommend forced retraction for cleaning, but this is NOT a proper care practice.
Thank you for helping to keep me happy and healthy,
I'm fudging the doctor telling me to a little bit, but I'm sure she would if I asked her. I just wanted to share in case anyone else found it useful!
Texmati-- Knitter, Hindu, vegetarian, WOHM. Wife to superdad and mom to DS 24 months, and DD 8 months! .
If you don't trust someone to change your baby, do it yourself..
And this part: "Even gently pushing my foreskin back a little bit, wiping from tip to base, or trying to clean the opening, can cause small tears in the natural (and beneficial) adhesions that are present in little boys. The adhesions are the same type that attach your finger nails to your nail beds, and tearing them would cause me pain and possibly lead to scar tissue formation or infection", along with the "messy poop? Then Mama will give me a bath", would make any person probably go "Uh huh. THAT's why we circumcise - because foreskins are fragile and dangerous."
I like it! I don't know why people are being so opinionated... and somewhat rude...about it and if you want to have that much info posted above your changing table then why not? It's helpful information... maybe something good to hand out to a baby sitter, too. I didn't get the impression that it made the foreskin seem overly fragile or difficult, it just drives home the importance of not retracting... because honestly, i think that people have such a curiosity---and a strong belief that theyneed to clean all up in there---that they might decided to pull it back a little anyway.
I'm guessing that you'll also give a verbal explanation to anyone who'd going to be changing his diaper; I know that I remind anyone who doesn't change his diaper regularly but might be in a position to do so.
Kuddos on keeping him intact, doesn't his little foreskin make you so happy?
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